Sentinelle Medical Enters OEM Distribution Agreement with Siemens AG

    TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Sentinelle Medical Inc., a leading manufacturer
of breast MRI coils and software and Siemens Healthcare today announced an OEM
Distribution Agreement for Sentinelle's Vanguard(R) coils. Under this
agreement, Siemens will sell the "Sentinelle Vanguard for Siemens" coil for
the MRI family members MAGNETOM(R) Espree, MAGNETOM(R) Avanto and MAGNETOM(R)
Symphony, A Tim(TM) System. The Sentinelle Vanguard for Siemens is also
integrated into the new MAGNETOM Espree - Pink, a dedicated system devoted to
excellence in MR Breast Care. The Agreement also anticipates future
development collaborations.
    Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. In 2008,
182,460 new cases were diagnosed and 40,480 women died of breast cancer in the
US(1). The National Cancer Institute estimates that a woman has a 1-in-8
chance of developing breast cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer
Society's new screening guidelines will impact up to one million high-risk
women by recommending they receive additional annual MRI screenings. A high
percentage of these women will benefit from breast MRI.
    The Sentinelle Vanguard for Siemens enables excellent quality MR images
of the breast and provides complete and open access for intervention with an
award winning design that optimizes patient comfort and workflow. The coil is
designed with Variable Coil Geometry(TM) (VCG) that allows the coil to
accommodate a wide range of patient sizes, and increases signal-to-noise ratio
delivering excellent image quality.

    Integration into Siemens' MAGNETOM Espree - Pink

    MAGNETOM Espree - Pink combines the 70cm Open-Bore design of the MAGNETOM
Espree with the Sentinelle Vanguard solution. The breast coil offers
exceptional breast imaging and biopsy access. MAGNETOM Espree - Pink offers
unmatched patient comfort, and an innovative workflow pushing MRI Breast Care
to the next level.
    "Patients are always nervous during breast MRI examinations and biopsies.
The biggest advantage in using MAGNETOM Espree and the Sentinelle system is
the wide open access," said Jae K. Kim, MD, PhD, Radiology Limited, Tuscon,
    "Sentinelle is dedicated to improving breast cancer management,
healthcare outcomes and patient experience." said Cameron Piron, Sentinelle's
President and CEO. "We are extremely pleased to be working with a market
leader like Siemens. With this latest distribution agreement, even more women
will have access to leading-edge MRI technology."
    "The Sentinelle Vanguard for Siemens provides renowned technology for
both imaging and biopsy. This benefits the customer by offering excellent
image quality, optimized biopsy access for increased accuracy, and fast
examination times for higher patient throughput," said Walter Märzendorfer,
head of Magnetic Resonance, Siemens Healthcare.

    About Sentinelle Medical Inc.

    Sentinelle Medical is dedicated to improving patient care with early
detection and accurate intervention. The company researches, develops,
manufactures, sells and supports leading edge Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
technologies. The ground breaking Sentinelle Vanguard(R) breast coils provide
excellent quality MR images, complete and open access for intervention and
award winning design that optimizes patient comfort and workflow. Sentinelle
products are used in leading breast cancer and imaging sites throughout North
America including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Centre, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer
Center and Research Institute (University of South Florida), Mountain Medical
Physician Specialists, Radiology Ltd., Scripps Memorial Hospital, Sunnybrook
Health Sciences Centre, University Health Network and Windsong Radiology
Group. Sentinelle Medical is a privately owned Canadian company.
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    About Siemens Healthcare

    The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to
the healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider
with core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic
technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information
technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics
acquisitions, Siemens Healthcare is the first integrated healthcare company,
bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and healthcare
information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support
services. Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum of
care - from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care.
Additionally, Siemens Healthcare is the global market leader in innovative
hearing instruments. The company employs around 49,000 people worldwide and
operates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2008 (Sept. 30), Siemens
Healthcare reported sales of euro 11.2 billion, orders of euro 11.8 billion,
and Sector profit of euro 1.2 billion. Further information can be found by

    (1) American Cancer Society, 2008

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For further information: Media Contact, Wendy Low, Sentinelle Medical
Inc., (416) 482-3823,

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